Three-year-old Casey Hathaway was playing outside his grandmother’s house in rural North Carolina when he disappeared from the property. Two days later, in late January 2019, the child was fortunately found alive. Of course, everyone wanted to know where he was and how he was able to survive. “He said he hung out with a bear for two days,” the child’s aunt, Breanna Hathaway, revealed in a Facebook post (via MSN). The county sheriff revealed that the little one “didn’t really get into… how he was able to survive” aside from mentioning “having a friend in the woods who was a bear.” When the young boy was found, he was cold, wet, and had gotten tangled in vines, but he was otherwise unhurt. So, did a bear really protect him?

Casey Hathaway’s aunt revealed that he likes to watch Masha and the Bear. While recovering in the hospital, his mother, Brittany Hathaway, said, “He’s already asked to watch Netflix, so he’s good, he’s good.” While it’s not likely that a real bear kept the child safe, perhaps Casey’s imaginary friend Bear was all he needed.

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